Novation Launchkey Mini
Launchkey Mini MIDI Keyboard by Novation is very interesting portable device. It features 25 keys with very simple interface and fantastic price. But is it really worth to buy? Let´s take a closer look at it and find it out.
General features of the device
You will probably love it for the very small dimensions it has. Launchkey mini has sizes just 15,5 x 9 x 3 inches while weighting only 1,5 lbs, so we can say that it´s really, portable. The main advantage is that you don´t need any special equipment or cables, this device is powered by USB and it´s plug and play – no further setting up, just plug it and enjoy it. Launchkey comes with 25 keys, 16 velocity pads with three colors, eight knobs and seven buttons. It´s also connectible with iPad app. This is a solid bunch of advantages for price just 100 dollars.
Something to get used to
Launchkey Mini is smaller than other keyboards so it will maybe take some time to get along with it. However, once you get used to it you will probably don´t notice small size of the keys anymore. The same goes for pads, which works exactly as they are intended to work and colors will help you with orientation in darker places.
Plug and play
As we stated before, this device only needs a USB cable to get power. So it´s as simple as possible and the drivers for computer will be installed automatically for most of the cases. After a short term you will be able to play with full functionality.
Is it, worthy?
Simple question with simple answer – yes, it is. For just 100 dollars you get nice compact and portable MIDI keyboard with good range of interesting samples and possibility to connect it to external iPad app. Compact sizes will definitely take some time to get along with it, but after short period of time you will love it.
- Price! (retail price under $100)
- iOS and Linux compatibility and free Launchkey iOS apps
- Portable (lightweight – only (1.5 lbs = 1 kg)
- Build quality could be better
- Small for bigger hands
- Longer installation process
- Launchkey Mini - the mini keyboard for Ableton Live
- 16 velocity-sensitive multi-color pads
- 8 knobs, dedicated navigation and control buttons
- Software for Mac and PC, Including: Ableton Live Lite, XLN Audio Addictive Keys, Novation Bass Station and V Station virtual instruments and over 4GB of Loopmasters samples
- Make dynamic beats, play like an instrument and mix without losing focus and ontrol any effect or instrument mid-performance to add expressive effects like reverb or filters
This really compact and portable MIDI keyboard controller gives you everything you need to work in Ableton Live. Launchkey Mini great for a beginner with no knowledge of midi keyboards.